Friday Folk, St Albans


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"Friday Folk" is a social dance club which meets at The Church Hall, Marlborough Road, St Albans, AL1 3XG, UK, on most Friday evenings from 7:45 - 10:00 pm. If you've ever been to a barn dance or a ceilidh, you'll know the sort of thing we do. We dance for our own enjoyment - sometimes to live music, sometimes to recordings.

Normally we do English or American dances, but we also do other national or specialised styles - sometimes for whole evenings, as our programme shows. We aim to keep the atmosphere informal, friendly and sociable, and many of us go to a local pub afterwards. We also have occasional non-dancing social events such as walks and theatre trips, as requested by members.

What's On

Our Programme. The current Friday Folk programme is here. Details of other special events are below.

Saturday 15 October 2016. Saturday Special Dance with Barrie Bullimore and Narrow Escape.  This promises to be a highly entertaining evening.

Narrow Escape are experienced players on the dance scene with David Bradley on accordion, Mike Green on mandolin and mandola and Liz Ellison on recorder and concertina. Playing for both the American and English styles, they have a huge repertoire of tunes. They play regularly for dance clubs and have appeared at many festivals including Lichfield, Sidmouth, Eastbourne, Chippenham, Bromyard and Broadstairs.

Barrie Bullimore is a well known caller with a wealth of experience. For this event he will be calling an eclectic mix of English and American dances. Barrie's priority is always to help dancers to enjoy themselves and have fun.

At Samuel Ryder Academy, Drakes Drive, St Albans, AL1 5AR. From 7:30pm to 11:00pm. Tickets 8 on the door. Tel 01727 856508.

Give us a try!

New members are always welcome, especially beginners. There's no need to book. Just turn up - on your own or with a partner - and enjoy yourself. We have a caller to explain the  dances, so you can join in straight away. After each dance, people normally change partners. There is usually a good balance between men and women. See a slideshow of our activities here.

Most Friday sessions cost just 4 on the night. Special events are sometimes more as noted in the programme. There is easy parking in nearby streets and car parks. Map here.

Three Counties Radio

Several members took part in an outside broadcast on 5 July 2013. You can hear the recording here.

Mailing List

Would you like to join our mailing list to receive details of our dances and special events? We will only mail you when there is something important to announce and we guarantee not to send you junk mail. To subscribe, click here.

Archive Photographs from the 70s, 80s and 90s

Some old photographs from the Friday Folk collection. Click here.

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Contact us

For further information about Friday Folk, call Bob on 01727 856508 or email us at

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